Does "Community" fail to tickle your funny bone? You're not alone — the show's star, Chevy Chase, doesn't see the humor in it either.
In a leaked phone message to series creator Dan Harmon, Chase trashes the show, calling it "just a mediocre [bleep]ing sitcom" and castigates Harmon for not letting Chase make the show funnier.
"There's a disconnect somewhere, either between what is actually shot and the humor on the set when we shoot it and the final product," Chase told Harmon during the conversation, which was obtained by Celebuzz.
"The other part of the disconnect is that, obviously, you don't get my humor at all. Or what it is I do that's funny, that actually makes people laugh," Chase went on to tell Harmon, who agreed with the actor's assessment.
Chase complained that funny bits he performed during taping were being left out of episodes, and argues that the show focuses too much on plot.
"You have two choices," Chase tells Harmon. "One is storyline — like everyone gives a [bleep] about the [bleep]ing story when they don't even know who the [bleep]ing characters are — or there's make people laugh."
Chase continued, “It’s just a [bleep]ing mediocre sitcom! I want people to laugh and this isn’t funny … It ain’t funny to me because I’m 67 years old and I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve been making a lot of people laugh — a lot better than this.”
Chase's spokeswoman told Celebuzz that the message was a year old, and offered no comment.
Even so, this isn't the only time that Chase has criticized "Community," which has suffered low ratings and has yet to be renewed for another season by NBC. Earlier this year, Harmon made headlines when he publicized an angry voicemail message that Chase had left for him. In the message, Chase called Harmon a "fat [bleep]" and tells him, "your writing is getting worse and worse, so suck my [bleep]."
After the message leaked onto the Internet, Harmon apologized for playing it to a crowd during "a monthly show I do in the back of a comic book store in Los Angeles in which I say things that I intend for 150 people to hear." Harmon called his decision to play the message to the crowd "childish, self-obsessed, unaware, naive and unprofessional."